While rare, some cases of gas can be caused by a medical condition:
- Malfunction of the pancreas. In these cases, there are usually problems with food absorption. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dehydration, flatulence, fatigue and/or signs of abdominal pain.
- Respiratory disease.
Respiratory disease causes an increased respiratory rate that can lead to a dog gulping his food faster than normal, which leads to gas. Signs include the coughing and labored breathing.
- Inflammatory bowel disease.
With this, there is a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestines. Symptoms may be chronic or may come and go. This includes diarrhea, vomiting and resulting weight loss. The dog may have more bowel movements than normal yet with less stool produced. Feces may also contain blood.
This is an abnormal growth of tissue. If this occurs in the bowel, it can cause excessive gas. The growth (tumors) may be non-cancerous (benign), pre-cancerous (pre-malignant) or cancerous (malignant).
This section will go into the details of how to treat gas problems with Boxer dogs that are related to food and other simple causes (non-medical emergencies) that can often be treated at home.
4 Top Causes of Excessive Gas with Boxer Dogs
1) Eating Too Fast
– When a dog eats too quickly this can certainly cause excess gas; however, since this can also cause bloat
, a dangerous and sometimes deadly condition, it is important to make changes. Gulping down food too quickly causes gas in 3 ways:
1- When a dog gulps down food too fast, he also brings a lot of air along with it. This can be released as burps, however a portion of it will travel down with the food and lead to flatulence.
2- The food is not chewed enough to be easily digested. The longer it stays in the digestive tract to be digested, the higher the chance of it being involved in producing excess gas.
3- Eating too fast reduces the amount of saliva and its enzymes that would otherwise be mixed into the food to help digest food.